To say this week has been interesting has been an understatement. Sunday afternoon at lunch we received a phone call that my mom's uncle and his wife had been in a car accident and both had passed away. They were headed to church when a car veered into their lane and hit them head on. This was definitely a shock and honestly it took a little bit for it to hit me.
My Uncle Richard (that's what I called him) is my Granny's brother. He was one of those men that really never had a lot to say and when he did he was very quiet and soft spoken. He worked hard and he loved his family. I have lots of memories of my Uncle Richard. Every single one of them involve family. He loved his wife Laura. He loved his kids Lynell and Jason, he loved his grandkids, and he loved the other kids in the family that weren't his. He played the guitar and my Granny loved to hear him play. A lot of my memories, at least recent ones, involve him and the family sitting in a circle listening to him play while we all or most of us sang along.
It's funny how God's timing works. While we've been grieving the loss of a precious family member who will be so very missed, I saw God today, some precious friends of mine welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world today. It was a nice break for a moment to be able to celebrate a life coming into the world as we are getting ready to remember a life that has left this world.
It reminded me of Job 1:21 " Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." It was a different situation in the book of Job but it gave me some comfort today.
I will miss my Uncle Richard. I didn't see him that often but I know that when our family gets together there will definitely be a big piece missing.
I don't know why I'm always so amazed at how God works. The fact that he can take those moments of sadness and give us a moment of joy is just beyond me. I'm amazed that while I can grieve the loss of a life I can at the same time celebrate a new life. That just wows me!
Today also made me think of this song that will be just a little bit sweeter every time I heard it because I saw God today!